If I could only have one pair of shoes….

I’d rock a pair of chucks.


That’s what the majority of you guys said in the most recent Urban Gentleman Poll.

“If you could only have one pair of shoes, which kind would you choose?”

classic converse all-stars
99 (29%)
nice pair of air jordans
70 (20%)
ferragamo lace-ups
66 (19%)
26 (7%)
high-top supras
66 (19%)
i dont really need shoes, i like to walk around in my socks
11 (3%)

Votes so far: 337
Poll closed

I think it’d be foolish to ask why Converse were chosen over the almighty Jordans and elegant Ferragamos… but if you absolutely have to ask why, then I’d quickly riposte, “because they’re classic”. And if someone was itching for further explanation I’d say…

“All-stars are the all-american shoe, they transcend race, background, region, sex, or social status. All-stars are the only shoe I can think of that are truly generational… my parents wore them, I wear them, and when I have a few youngins for myself they’ll wear them too. It’s the one shoe everyone can agree on and that has made debuts in every genre of music, movies, and art in general… whether its Fat Albert and his whole crew as they go on an adventure or Soda Pop and Ponyboy as they prepare for a rumble (from the book Outsiders). There isn’t one celebrity that I haven’t seen in chucks atleast once, and there’s a ton who make the classic converse a staple in their wardrobe, like Andre 3000. I’m even sure the fashion king and queen themselves- Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour have a pair amongst their thousands of designer soles…”

The cool thing about converse these days is that they come in so many different colors, styles, and materials, so its easy to straightforwardly dress them up or down. Now that you guys have proclaimed classic Chuck Taylors as your favorite, what’s your style/color preference?

(and be sure to vote on the new poll,” Which accessory can you NOT live without?” its on the right column)

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5 Comments


  1. Keep it simple- basic blue and white or black and white for me. Just like Dre.

  2. red. For whatever reason those are the most classic. Maybe its because I'm from Cali but red and white are the best.

    2nd goes to all black. black on black were the ones i rocked in middle school.

  3. purple hightops and navy lows with no laces and a grey tongue.

  4. i have to agree on the basic classic cons. but black on black is my all time fave

  5. I love my black and white converse! They go with bascially everything i wear! They're simple yet oh so classy!

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